United Methodist Committee on Relief

World Refugee Day: Standing with Refugees

By Bella DiFilippo and Mary Andreolli*

Imagine for a moment violence erupts on the street where you live. You hear gunshots and the sounds of people yelling. In that moment you realize that you and your family must leave your home as fast as possible. There’s no time to pack food, clothing, water, or remnants of the memories you’ve made. Home is no longer a safe place. What would you do? Where would you go? 

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The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees defines a refugee as a person who is forced to flee their home because of violence, war, or persecution. Today, there are 65 million refugees in the world and over half the world’s refugees are children. 

The time is now to show that the global public stands in solidarity with refugees everywhere. 

Today, World Refugee Day, we commemorate the strength, courage, and perseverance of the world’s refugees. This year, World Refugee Day also marks a key moment for the public to show support for families forced to flee their homes.

The General Board of Global Ministries engages with refugees and other immigrants in the United States, primarily in partnership with Church World Service and/or National Justice for Our Neighbors. Global Ministries’ international work with refugees occurs through the United Methodist Committee on Relief and in collaboration with other humanitarian agencies.

Global Ministries’ Global Health Unit also financially supports health programs for South Sudanese refugees living in Uganda. Watch this captivating video filmed by Paul Jeffrey, Global Ministries photojournalist and missionary, to see how the United Methodist Church’s support impacts the lives of thousands of refugees in Uganda.


Sign the #WithRefugees petition to stand in solidarity with refugees around the world.

Support Global Ministries’ work with refugees internationally.

Donate to help Global Health’s work with refugees and others.

*Bella DiFilippo is Program Area Liaison from Communications for Global Ministries. Mary Andreolli is Director of Communications for Global Ministries.